Autumn has arrived, and with it typical Portland Fall weather: cooler, some rain, goodbye to high 70s and above until next late June, at the earliest.
Update: Though the rain and some wind hasn’t let up since Friday, the major second part of the storm hit yesterday afternoon. Comcast went out with less than a minute to go in a very close game, then we lost power again for half an hour. So we just went to sleep. Looks okay this morning, though still windy and raining. No, I see from the satellite that the third wave is due to hit us near Noon today.
It’s always a treat to get a package of books from Barry Ergang. Barry is a frequent contributor to Friday Forgotten Books, and also he sells books. He has neat stuff, and the books are as scanned and as described verbally (if verbal description is necessary) so you don’t wind up with a lousy copy. You can check out his site HERE. I just got this batch of mysteries from him.
These four are by Stephen Marlowe, all featuring the spy-detective Chester Drum. I’ve read a few Drum books and they were very entertaining.
Danger is My Line [Fawcett Gold Medal 1960, used] – mystery
Drum Beat – Berlin [Fawcett Gold Medal 1964, used] – mystery
Drum Beat – Dominique [Fawcett Gold Medal 1965, used] – mystery
Drum Beat – Erica [Fawcett Gold Medal 1967, used] – mystery
These next five novels feature one-armed New York private eye Dan Fortune. Written by Michael Collins (pseudonym of Dennis Lynds) in the 1960s, they were reprinted by Playboy Press with these new covers in the years shown. I read one a long time ago and remember liking it, so I grabbed these when I saw them.
Shadow of A Tiger [Playboy Press 1978 mass market paperback, used] – mystery
The Silent Scream [Playboy Press 1979 mass market paperback, used] – mystery
Blue Death [Playboy Press 1979 mass market paperback, used] – mystery
Act of Fear [Playboy Press 1980 mass market paperback, used] – mystery
The Brass Rainbow [Playboy Press 1980 mass market paperback, used] – mystery
After reading of the death of Robert Barnard last week, I decided to read one of his mysteries, and have pulled a couple off the shelf. I’m currently halfway through Out of the Blackout. I’ll also read Death in A Cold Climate and do a review of both or my favorite of the two.
I’m about a third way into The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus, the SF short story collection I picked up recently and shown in New Arrivals two weeks ago. I read The Lost City which was a lot of fun. Also read, for a Friday Forgotten Books post, Eleven by Patricia Highsmith (see review last Friday). I’m continuing to really enjoy the book of SF reviews by Algis Budrys, I’m about two-thirds of the way through it. Unfortunately, it’s caused me to go looking for several older SF books, but that’s okay. Now I have this batch to read. As I look about, there’s so much to read here, it’s hard to know what to start next, once I finish the things that now have bookmarks in them. I guess it’s a good problem to have.
So, what did YOU get, new, used or from the library, and
what have you been reading?